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Skills development at the heart of multi-million pound railway improvement framework

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VolkerFitzpatrick will continue its dedication to developing the skills and careers of young people with the launch of its new academy as part of its multi-million pound contract with Network Rail.

Skills academy for construction

The company, who were named by Network Rail as the contractor for the Anglia region have launched the ‘Anglia Rail Skills Academy’ which has recently been awarded Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) National Skills Academy for Construction’ status. The academy will deliver a high profile employment and skills programme throughout Anglia and parts of North and East London.

This will see up to 30 apprentices employed and 60 work placement opportunities created across various sites. The programme will also feature numerous opportunities for current staff to improve their leadership skills, management techniques, environmental understanding, health & safety knowledge supported by National Vocational Qualification (NVQ’s) accreditation.

Andy Gardner, VolkerFitzpatrick’s project director said: “There has long been a skills shortage in the UK rail industry. With the continued investment in railway infrastructure projects, bringing new people with the appropriate skills into the industry has never been more important.”

“VolkerFitzpatrick has a long history, over several decades, of developing the skills young people need to further their careers as well as the industry knowledge needed to deliver quality work to our clients. We are delighted to be able to continue this tradition through the Anglia Rail Skills Academy.”

The Anglia Rail Skills Academy is the latest training initiative launched by VolkerFitzpatrick and follows a successful academy set up for their Intercity Express train depots in Swansea Maliphant, Bristol Stoke Gifford, North Pole and Doncaster Carr.

National Skills Academies are an initiative sponsored by CITB supporting companies to ensure that their staff has access to training that is required to meet the needs of the project but also to up-skill staff to meet the shortages within the construction sector. It is also aimed at encouraging new entrants into the construction industry by assisting contractors with the delivery of apprenticeships and work placements.

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